Vietnamese pianist wins first prize in international competition hinh anh 1Vietnamese pianist Luu Duc Anh (Photo: File Photo)
Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnamese pianist Luu Duc Anh, a student of Malmo Music Academy in Sweden, has won the first prize at the 6th International Music Competition 2017, in the 19-30 year-old category.

The contest, held between May 25 and 28, drew 300 pianists from various countries, including Russia, Germany, China, the US and Norway, who competed across five different age groups.

Anh is a post-master student at the Swedish academy and is guided by Prof Hans Palsson. In Vietnam, he was trained by noted musician Prof Tran Thu Ha and his father, Prof Luu Quang Minh.

Born in 1993 in Hanoi, the 24-year-old started learning to play the piano at a young age, under his father’s guidance. After finishing an intermediate course at the Vietnam Music Academy, he got his university degree and a master’s degree at the Royal Conservatory of Liege in 2013 and 2015, respectively.

Anh has won various honours, including a first prize at the Andree Charlier contest held in Belgium in 2016, and a second prize at the Leopold Godowsky piano contest held in Poland in 2014.

In 2015, he was among the top five students selected from Liege Academy to join the Classic Academy contest held by Liege Symphony Orchestra.

He has also performed at many shows in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Japan, and joined the Masterclass along with noted pianists such as Dang Thai Son, Avedis Kouyoumdjian and Tibor Szasz.-VNA